AEE 538: How to Show Someone They Are Thinking in the Right Direction in English

how to show someone they're thinking in the right direction in English

Today get four ways to show your colleague that he or she is on the right track in English.

What does it mean to be “on the right track”?

It means to be going in the right direction.

Why is this an important skill in the business world?

We want to be able to maintain or build a professional connection with someone when we are working closely with them.

Maybe we are brainstorming as a team and some great ideas are coming up but we haven’t quite found reached our goal.

We want to encourage our team members to keep thinking and keep working on it and these phrases will be useful in that situation.

In Episode 499 we learned about the phrase “You got it” which is useful in this situation to.

 

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Phrases to show someone they’re on the right track

  • “You’re on to something”: This is a great way to support the speaker and to show them that their idea sounds interesting and you want to hear more.
  • “You’re on the right track”: This means that you are thinking in the right direction.
  • “You’re getting there.” This can be used to show someone that they have almost accomplished a goal but not quite yet.
  • “It’s on the tip of my tongue”: This is used when we can’t think of a name or word but it’s in our head. We use it like this: “Oh what’s the name of that restaurant? It’s on the tip of my tongue”

 

Listen to the role play in the audio to hear how these phrases are used in a real conversation with Lindsay and Michelle.

Let us know in the comments if you have any questions.

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